Modern poolside nests
Completed in 2014, Avatar was the last resort built on Railay and while we’re not generally fans of tightly packed concrete room blocks, there’s no denying that these digs are significantly smarter than those in most similarly priced resorts.
Along with a few super-cushy villas with private plunge pools facing a small courtyard up front, most rooms come in two pale orange three-floor concrete stacks with a sizeable pool in between. First-floor editions have direct pool entrances, but you do pay significantly more for the privilege of being able to roll out of your room into the pool.
We’d be more than happy in an upper-floor room with a cushioned daybed nest on the balcony and a smart, fully kitted-out room with widescreen LCD TV and bathrooms with rain showerhead, sink and toilet each placed in a separate compartment. In low season these rooms are a steal.
If there’s more to spend, check out the suites with their own private plunge pools built on a greenery-shrouded terrace above the main pool. If booking in advance, ignore the inflated rack rates listed on the hotel’s website and book through a third-party site.
Address: Railay East
T: (075) 818 333; (086) 332 9555;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'30.51" E, 8º0'40.97" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,700 baht||2,800 baht|
|Deluxe double room||2,500 baht||3,500 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||3,500 baht||4,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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